Data Privacy Policy

Data we collect, and why we collect it.

Data collected on this website

Comments

If you leave a comment on the blog we collect:

  • the comment text
  • the name you used to make a comment (if you provided one)
  • the email address you provided (if you provided one)
  • your website (if you provided one)
  • an IP address that somehow approximates your geolocation.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely (unless you ask for them to be removed). This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

When you make a first comment, it will be moderated by us before being accepted and displayed.

Contact forms

The information you provide through the contact form will be sent by e-mail to us along with your ip-adress. We will keep your e-mail in our system as long as it’s of value for any of us (unless you ask us to remove it). All computers and backups are secured with encryption.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics to track website traffic. Collected data is processed in such a way that visitors cannot be identified.

 

Akismet anti-spam service

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Data we keep in other Places

The Newsletter

The Tea Makers newsletter is hosted at Mailchimp and the information that we store there is your name, email address, prefered language, how we got your e-mail address and if you have signed up to a group. There is a unsubscribe link in every newsletter and you can always ask us about what data we have stored.

Please allow 30 days for your unsubscribe request to be taken into account.  This may mean that you receive some mails after you unsubscribe.

Courses and events

If you sign up to any of our events, the data you provide will be stored both on the website and on my our Google Drive space.  Any data that is stored locally is encrypted.

 

What rights you have over your data?

You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes or is essential for our business.

Just contact us through the contact form (at the bottom of every page) and ask for your data to be removed.  This will be a manual operation on our side: we commit to removing your data with 30 days.

We will never share your data.

You can always disable cookies

However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser.